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    Biocultural collections and participatory methods: old, current, and future knowledge

    da Fonseca-Kruel, V.S. and Martins, Luciana and Cabalzar, A. and López-Garcés, C.L. and Coelho-Ferreira, M. and van der Veld, P.-J. and Milliken, W. and Nesbitt, M. (2019) Biocultural collections and participatory methods: old, current, and future knowledge. In: Albuquerque, U.P. and Lucena, R.F.P. and da Cunha, L.V.F.C. and Alves, R.R.N. (eds.) Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology. Springer Protocols Handbooks. New York: Humana Press, pp. 215-228. ISBN 9781493989195.

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    Biocultural collections document human–nature interactions through plant and animal-based artifacts, raw materials, herbarium voucher collections, and varied forms of documentation. They form a valuable resource for biocultural conservation, preserving and enhancing traditional knowledge, livelihoods, and the environment. They should be used through participatory methods that allow institutional researchers and local communities to share data on ethnobiological collections and artifacts, enabling new knowledge of plants and people from multiple perspectives. Methods are demonstrated through a case study of historic ethnobotanical specimens collected by Richard Spruce in the northwest Amazon.


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